|Scientific name||Cakile maritima – Atriplex prostrata strandline community|
|Common name||Sea Rocket – Spear-leaved Orache strandline community|
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This a patchy community characterised by clumps of Cakile maritima. Atriplex prostrata is frequently present but offers very sparse cover. Occasionally encountered are Atriplex laciniata, Leymus arenarius and prickly patches of Salsola kali.
This is a loose assemblage of drift lines, occurring in a narrow linear zone along the high tide mark on sandy beaches.
No sub-communities are described.
The abundance of Cakile maritima serves to distinguish this community from other strandline types.
Most examples of this species-poor vegetation correspond to EU HD Annex I habitat 1210 Drift lines
This is unstable and dynamic habitat that does not require active management. It is threatened however by recreational pressure, mechanical beach cleaning and the creation of coastal defences which can interfere with sediment dynamics.